Photography

Associate Degree

A.A. in Photography

The Photography program provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry level positions as press photographers, photojournalists, portrait photographers, freelance photographers, editorial photographers, photo-lab technicians, and positions in other career fields that utilize photography techniques. Students may also pursue transfer to a university program to further their study of photography.

Students planning to prepare for a four-year degree in Photography should consult the lower division requirements of the university to which they plan to transfer.

Recommended High School Preparation: Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, and graphic arts.

Costs: In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PHOTO 210 Photography Business (3) 3
   or PHOTO 212 Marketing & Self-Promotion for Photographers (3)
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development I 2 -4
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 350 Photojournalism (3) 3
   or JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3) 3
   or JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging 3
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging 3
PHOTO 370 Portraiture and Wedding Photography (3 -4) 3 - 4
   or PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques (3 -4)
Total Units: 26 - 29

The Photography Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe technical and aesthetic qualities of successful photographs.
  • produce photographs using various camera and digital methods.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photography.
  • produce photographs using photographic papers and various digital media outputs.
  • describe successful working relationships with clients and subjects.
  • survey history, careers, styles, and trends in professional photography.
  • develop pre-production shoot and planning methods.
  • execute shoot production in both the studio and on location.
  • demonstrate post production technical and creative solutions.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.

Career Information

Career Opportunities include Studio Photography; Portrait & Wedding Photography; Photographic Lab Technician; Photojournalism; Industrial or Architectural Photography.

Certificates of Achievement

Commercial and Magazine Photography Certificate

The Commercial and Magazine Photography certificate prepares students for careers in a wide range of commercial photography applications including editorial (magazine), product, food, and studio photography. This concentration develops a broad set of skills that can be applied to a broad range of career fields.

Students will use strobe equipment to learn lighting techniques, work with professionals in the field, and design their own portfolios. Business strategies, self promotion, and work-flow methods will also be covered.

Recommended High School Preparation: Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, and graphic arts.

Costs: In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PHOTO 210 Photography Business 3
PHOTO 212 Marketing & Self-Promotion for Photographers 3
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development I 2 -4
PHOTO 281 Portfolio Development II 2 -4
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3) 3
   or JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques 3 -4
PHOTO 391 Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques 3 -4
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
PHOTO 266 California Coastal Photography (2)
PHOTO 267 California Urban Photography (2)
PHOTO 268 California Mountain Photography (2)
PHOTO 269 California Desert Photography (2)
PHOTO 282 Portfolio Development III (2 - 4)
PHOTO 372 Advanced Portrait Photography (3 - 4)
PHOTO 381 Multimedia Capture II (3)
   or JOUR 365 Multimedia Capture II (3)
PHOTO 392 Commercial and Advertising Photography (3 - 4)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 402 Adobe Lightroom (3)
PHOTO 406 High Dynamic Range Imaging “HDRI” (3)
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 490 Assignment Photography (0.5 - 4)
Total Units: 31 - 37

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced camera functions and techniques associated with their use.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photography.
  • execute a wide range of technical and creative lighting solutions.
  • develop and expand a personal style with pre-visualization conceptualization skills.
  • apply shooting production skills in both the studio and on location.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.

Career Information

Career opportunities include studio assistant, studio photographer, freelance photographer, editorial photographer, lab manager


Photography Certificate

The photography certificate program is designed for students who want to enter a career path in photography or learn basic photographic skills to enhance their current vocation.

Recommended High School Preparation: Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, graphic arts.

Costs: In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PHOTO 210 Photography Business 3
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development I 2 -4
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3) 3
   or JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
PHOTO 266 California Coastal Photography (2)
PHOTO 267 California Urban Photography (2)
PHOTO 268 California Mountain Photography (2)
PHOTO 269 California Desert Photography (2)
PHOTO 350 Photojournalism (3)
   or JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)
PHOTO 370 Portraiture and Wedding Photography (3 - 4)
PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques (3 - 4)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 402 Adobe Lightroom (3)
PHOTO 406 High Dynamic Range Imaging “HDRI” (3)
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 490 Assignment Photography (0.5 - 4)
Total Units: 17 - 19

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • produce photographs using various camera, film, and digital methods.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photography.
  • produce photographs using photographic papers and various digital media outputs.
  • execute a wide range of digital darkroom techniques and processes.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.

Career Information

Career opportunities include photography lab work, photography lab management, and photographer's assistant.


Portrait and Wedding Photography Certificate

The Portrait and Wedding Certificate will provide photographic skills, visual aesthetics, and small business foundations to establish a portraiture photography studio or work as a photographer or manager in a larger studio. Areas covered include personal/family portraiture and wedding and event photography. Students will learn techniques to pose and work with models and clients, use strobe equipment and available lighting techniques, work with professionals in the field, and design their own portfolios. Business strategies, self promotion, and work-flow methods will also be covered.

Recommended High School Preparation: Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, and graphic arts.

Costs: In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies,) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PHOTO 210 Photography Business 3
PHOTO 212 Marketing & Self-Promotion for Photographers 3
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development I 2 -4
PHOTO 281 Portfolio Development II 2 -4
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 370 Portraiture and Wedding Photography 3
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3) 3
   or JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques 3 -4
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
PHOTO 266 California Coastal Photography (2)
PHOTO 267 California Urban Photography (2)
PHOTO 268 California Mountain Photography (2)
PHOTO 269 California Desert Photography (2)
PHOTO 282 Portfolio Development III (2 - 4)
PHOTO 372 Advanced Portrait Photography (3 - 4)
JOUR 365 Multimedia Capture II (3)
   or PHOTO 381 Multimedia Capture II (3)
PHOTO 392 Commercial and Advertising Photography (3 - 4)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 402 Adobe Lightroom (3)
PHOTO 406 High Dynamic Range Imaging “HDRI” (3)
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 490 Assignment Photography (0.5 - 4)
Total Units: 31 - 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced camera functions and techniques associated with their use.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as these apply to photography.
  • execute a wide range of technical and creative lighting solutions.
  • develop and expand a personal style with pre visualization conceptualization skills.
  • compare and differentiate career options, styles, and trends in professional portraiture and wedding photography.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.
  • demonstrate post-production technical and creative solutions for wedding packages.

Career Information

Career opportunities include wedding or portrait photographer, studio assistant, studio photographer, freelance photographer, or lab manager.